Low Budget

A RECKONING Explores What Life Could Be Like If We Were Truly Alone

A dark, apocalyptic science fiction tale that ostensibly features one single character, A Reckoning is not for the faint of heart. It’s brutality is not in its visuals, but rather in the psychological pain of the lead character, credited simply as “The Lone Man”. What makes this pain so visceral and so effective is incredible…

Terror TWOsdays: AGFA and Film Detective Restorations of EFFECTS and VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST

[Editor’s Note: We have a new graphic header for the column. I hope you like it!] Effects (1980) Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the “killings” in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a “snuff” film. Director Dusty Nelson may have gotten his…

Terror TWOsdays: Gritty Horror on a Modest Budget

[Editor’s Note: Terror TWOsdays is my latest column, just an excuse to talk about more horror films. Notably, I’ll be hitting up two independent, lesser known, and/or underappreciated horror and horror adjacent movies. And with that, I bring you two films to fear. Stay tuned for the official intro graphic in the coming weeks… but…

FANTASIA 2017: Gleeful Chaos of PUNK FU ZOMBIE is Microbudget Cinema BY Quebecers and FOR Quebecers

Everything about Punk Fu Zombie seems designed for a person of my own (delicate) sensibilities, so why did I find it such a chore? It’s a gleefully chaotic, micro budget hodgepodge of half-baked ideas, zombies, ninjas, and French Canadian politics. It’s extremely violent, packed with knowingly crummy digital effects, and has an awesome robot that…

Tarts and Crafts is a Damn Good Beer, THE CONTROL GROUP is a Fun Movie, But Fuck GREASY STRANGLER So Hard

Sour beers and fruity pale ales… that’s how my night began. This impromptu “Thirsty Thursday” was because I had to run out for an errands and the mix 6 packs at Weiss were calling. I realized a couple of beers in that I had some films to finish writing up, so welcome to our next…

Not So Polite: 5 (Sorta) Canadian Slasher Film Killers

Being a Canadian can be a real hassle. Not only do we have to deal with a devilishly handsome Prime Minister, quality Tim Horton’s doughnuts and free healthcare, but we – tragically – have an international reputation as being just so damn nice. Really, it’s both sickening and unwarranted, as this massive tundra is as…

Z for Zombie, A for Effort

When you are making a film this low-budget, you have to make up for it with heart and follow through. For me this is the attribute required to thread the difficult needle of “so bad it’s good” and miss the “intentionally bad because of irony” and “bad because of laziness.” possibilities. Those that hit this…

STEAMPUNK: RETROFUTURE

When watching microbudget/no-budget films, you are forced to watching through a different lens. A larger budget documentary, for example a Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlock film, has a great deal of focus on the cinematography and overall look of the film. Much low budget cinema handles this quite differently, with use of creative camera work…

Doug’s a Punny Guy

This is Doug Tilley. As discussed on Drive All Night, Doug hosts 2 podcasts: No Budget Nightmares and Eric Roberts is the Fucking Man. He was also featured, along with his No Budget Nightmares cohost Moe Porne, on The Farsighted Podcast‘s memorial to Wes Craven. A few week’s ago, I started a not-so-anonymous fan Twitter…